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These Retired Research Chimps Are Really Enjoying Their New Home 30.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Meet Mason. He's only 5, but already, he seems to be quite the "ladies' man." “He likes to play with the other girls,” Mark Lewis, an animal care specialist at Chimp Haven , a Keithville, Louisiana, chimpanzee sanctuary where Mason now lives, said per the Humane Society. "And he likes to follow some of the older females around.” Things haven’t always been so rosy for Mason, a former research chimp. His old home was the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, an animal research facility where some animals were allegedly subjected to abusive treatment, ABC News reported in 2009. Two years ago, Mason, together with 109 of the lab's other chimpanzees, were retired by the National Institutes of Health, and since then, animal welfare activists have been working hard to get them all to Chimp Haven. This summer, thanks in part to a fundraising campaign that raised millions of dollars, that goal was finally realized. According to the Humane Society, this is the largest group of government-owned chimpanzees ever ...
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Clever Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy For More Food 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Ai Hin the panda started showing signs of pregnancy earlier this year, the world got pretty darn excited. Giant pandas are endangered creatures , after all, and they also happen to be notorious for their reluctance to breed in captivity. Even the panda's caretakers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were jazzed about the potential birth and reportedly planned the first-ever live broadcast of a delivery of panda cubs. Unfortunately though, it looks like Ai Hin won't be starring in any such live stream in the near future because, it turns out, she is not actually pregnant. In fact, she's apparently been faking it. This picture, taken on July 17, 2014, shows giant panda Ai Hin sitting in her enclosure at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province. According to Xinhua News, Ai Hin's caretakers say the panda recently started acting normally again after two months of exhibiting tell-tale pregnancy signs. Experts have speculated ...
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Vandana Shiva to March with Organic Consumers Association ‘Cook Organic, Not the Planet’ Activists at the People’s Climate March in New York 28.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Animal Rights Activists Are an Easy Punchline, But Their Cause Deserves Greater Public Advocacy 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
My friend and founder of The Daily Banter, Ben Cohen, wrote a post today titled, Here Are 7 Causes More Important Than Animal Rights . I absolutely agree that all of the issues he listed are important, but as an animal rights supporter I believe there's more than enough room for an entire menu of important issues, including the moral and humane treatment of animals and the protection of endangered species. Besides, it's not as if the U.S. government is somehow busily prioritizing animal rights at the expense of thwarting Ebola or the ISIS threat. Unfortunately, there's exactly nothing on the political docket with regards to protecting animals. So, it's unclear why animal rights activism needed to be taken down a notch. Let me know when a congressional candidate or incumbent mentions animal rights during the midterm and I'll post an update here. But it isn't going to happen. Horrifying abuses to humans, animals and the environment by the American meat-packing industry -- a major contributor to Ben's ...
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Here Are Some Totally Weird And Wonderful Facts About Marsupials (You're Welcome) 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Marsupials are amazing creatures. Baffling and kind of weird, yes, but also totally amazing. Part of their mystique seems to stem from their uncanny same-but-differentness. After all, koalas sort of look like bears, and wombats resemble chubby rodents. But though marsupials are very much a part of the mammal family, they are also quite different -- in magnificent and bizarre ways -- from the mammals that you might be more accustomed to. Last week, YouTube personality Ze Frank explored some of these fascinating marsupial facts in an irreverently entertaining video about the animals. In the clip, which has already racked up almost 2 million views, Ze Frank discusses everything from kangaroo babies to wombat penises -- and we're pretty sure that each new nugget of marsupial knowledge will blow your mind. Did you know, for instance, that marsupial babies typically emerge from their mothers as teeny, helpless embryos ? Unlike placental mammals (like humans, dogs and whales), marsupial females don't have a ...
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One More Thing I Won't Eat (and Why) 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"Fish is good for me!" I used to tell myself while eating some member of the seafood family, swallowing without sentiment. After all, fish is protein-rich, and they don't have feelings (or so I thought); they are slithery and furless, they don't fetch or meow, and they taste really good in tacos. Besides, I'd already given up meat and poultry after I was bullied into becoming vegetarian nearly 20 years ago. It all transpired during a backpacking trip around Europe with my PETA activist friend from college. "Leather comes from cows," she informed me as I tried on the most perfect leather jacket at a boutique in Rome one afternoon, giddy with delight and twirling in the mirror as the sales clerk gasped in approval. "Sei bellissima!" he exclaimed. "Didn't you know they killed a cow to make that?" She countered, darkening the mood. I looked into her pleading, mad cow-like eyes, my conscience overpowering my vanity in the end. I returned from that trip not only jacket-less, but without having sampled the most ...
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MTV VMAs Will Air Ferguson Public Service Announcements 25.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MTV will show two 15-second public service announcements about the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Missouri in conjunction with the VMAs on Sunday night. The Washington Post first reported the news , saying that MTV will air the clips before and during the awards ceremony. The videos are part of the Look Different campaign , which was developed by MTV, the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and are simple in message. The first one, which will air during the pre-show, shows young people calling out stereotypes about them. The second one will be shown during the ceremony and is more deliberate in its focus. Chants of "Hands up! Don't Shoot!" are set behind the Ferguson sign and a James Baldwin quote appears: "Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is ...
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GMOs, Monsanto, and the Galileo Syndrome 24.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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D.C.'s Famous Snowy Owl Found Dead In Minnesota 23.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Washington, D.C.'s snowy owl famously survived being hit by a bus this past winter , but it seems our migratory friend couldn't steer clear of danger. After her accident, our wings were crossed for this tough bird. She was treated at City Wildlife -- the only urban wildlife rehabilitation center in the nation's capital -- then at the National Zoo, before she was ferreted off to the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center for feather transplants and further care. In mid-April, when the owl was released near Superior, Wisconsin , we rather hoped that'd be the last we'd see of her. But on Friday, a message on Minnesota's Raptor Center's website read: Sadly, we're writing today to let you know that The Raptor Center has learned the snowy owl's body has been recovered from the shoulder of a Minnesota highway, near where [she] had been released last spring. The snowy's cause of death is uncertain, but the placement of the body indicates [she] may have been hit by a vehicle. The body was in good condition, ...
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Pamela Anderson Refuses Ice Bucket Challenge Because Of ALS Animal Testing History 22.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While many celebrities have accepted the now-viral ice bucket challenge , meant to raise awareness and money for the ALS Association, Pamela Anderson has decided to turn the challenge down. In a Facebook post written Wednesday, August 20, Anderson explains she would like to "challenge ALS to stop Animal testing." The former "Baywatch" star, 47, further explains that experiments made on animals to find a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in humans have been unfruitful, and encourages her fans to "support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant ...
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This (Really, Really) Little Cutie May Be The Smallest Dog In Britain 22.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
World, meet Tyson — a teeny chihuahua-mix who might just be Britain’s smallest dog. ‘Britain’s smallest dog’ is four inches tall and weighs less than a bag of sugar: http://t.co/OWKNkZPtoS pic.twitter.com/5QZ2f9AHnf — Yahoo UK News (@YahooNewsUK) August 21, 2014 Born earlier this year, Tyson was reportedly so tiny at birth that his owner Rosemarie McLinden had to feed him with a dropper . “I had to start feeding him myself as he couldn't latch on to his mother," McLinden told Yahoo! News UK. “He was so small he just could not breastfeed due to the tiny size of his mouth.” Though McLinden and her husband initially worried about Tyson, who hasn’t grown much since he was born, it seems the little pup is now fit and healthy — though he remains teeny-weeny, as you can see in the video above. According to the Boston Standard, Tyson — who was named after boxer Mike Tyson "because he is such a little fighter,” McLinden told the news outlet — weighs just a little more than half a pound and is just five inches ...
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'Beautiful Little Soul': Therapy Bunnies Help Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It sounds almost too hopping cute to be true, but Teddy the therapy rabbit's first job was tending to his little sister Lulu. Lulu is the most recent addition to Minnesotan bunny enthusiast Jennifer Smith's multi-rabbit household. The animal had been left in a cardboard box next to a dumpster on a cold night this past winter. "A woman saw the box and opened it to find a beautiful rabbit freezing to death," Smith says. Lulu was brought to a local animal shelter, where -- against all odds -- she survived. Smith adopted her soon after that, but the rabbit clearly wasn't well, and Teddy was determined to help. "Our tiny house rabbit Teddy Graham would spend his days lying next to her pen. He rarely left her side," she says. "Lulu just laid there in her sick, broken kind of way. Teddy went right up to her and started kissing her face. ...Teddy saved Lulu, and Lulu adores Teddy for his devotion to her." Teddy Graham and Lulu. Photo credit: Jennifer Smith As of early August, Lulu and Teddy Graham are able to ...
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Are Burgers Really Destroying the Planet? Kip Andersen Thinks So 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What if environmentalists are ignoring the largest contributing factor to global climate change? It's a provocative question sure to offend the sensibilities of those who view themselves as staunch defenders of the planet. But Kip Andersen's Cowspiracy asks it plainly and offers a series of startling answers. From methane to water consumption and rampant deforestation, the film suggests taking every car off the road won't reverse the environmental impact caused by humanity's reliance on animal agriculture. According to the film, 660 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef. This sounds outlandish until advocates from the beef industry combat the number with their own absurdly high figure: 441 gallons. In an editorial dismissing Cowspiracy, Amanda Radke of Beef Magazine, who admits to not even watching the film, claims that the amount of water required to make a T-shirt is over 200 gallons higher. What she doesn't offer is a defense of the idea that people consume a new T-shirt with ...
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Remembering Tyke, Rebellious Circus Elephant, And Her Tragic Death (GRAPHIC VIDEO) 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Mention “Tyke the elephant” to anyone who lived in Honolulu 20 years ago and chances are they’ll shake their head and talk about what a dark moment it was in their city’s history. Tyke, a 20-year-old female African elephant, was in Honolulu with Circus International. On August 20, 1994, during the show, Tyke entered the ring at the Blaisdell Arena, kicking around what looked to audience members like a dummy. “We thought it was part of the show ,” one witness told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. They soon realized the supposed dummy was a severely injured groomer. Panicked, audience members fled for the exits. Tyke went on to fatally crush her trainer -- who was trying to intervene -- before fleeing the arena herself. For nearly 30 minutes, Tyke ran through the streets of the Kakaako neighborhood’s business district at rush hour, nearly trampling circus promoter Steve Hirano when he tried to fence her in. It was a foot chase between her and the Honolulu police, who eventually shot her 87 times before she ...
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Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Early this spring, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva led an unusual pilgrimage across southern Europe. Beginning in Greece, with the international Pan-Hellenic Exchange of Local Seed Varieties Festival, which celebrated the virtues of traditional agriculture, Shiva and an entourage of followers crossed the Adriatic and travelled by bus up the boot of Italy, to Florence, where she spoke at the Seed, Food and Earth Democracy Festival.
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People In North Texas Just Adopted More Than 2,200 Animals In One Day 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Post by City of Arlington, TX - Animal Services . All in all, "Empty the Shelter Day" was a huge win in many ways, said both organizers and participants. Not only did the event help to increase the visibility of animal shelters in their communities, but — given that overcrowding is an especially urgent problem in shelters during the summer — it was also critical in the saving of many, many lives. KXAS-TV reported, for instance, that one participating shelter, Dallas Animal Services, was euthanizing 50 to 60 animals every single day this summer because it simply didn't have space for them; on Saturday, however, the shelter found homes for 149 of its 150 animals . The day's success could perhaps be best summed up in a photograph posted by the Texas chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of the event’s co-sponsors, at the end of the adoption effort. “Look at those empty kennels,” the organization wrote on Instagram. “#emptytheshelter...#savealife.” Encouraging pet adoption by ...
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Meet The 'Zombie Chicken' That Apparently Made It Out Of A Freezer Alive 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Kat Gullahorn didn't even want the chickens to begin with. About a year ago, one of Gullahorn's neighbors just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, decided it was time to kill his birds. "He chose to use a BB gun and shot the chickens in the heads," she says. He gave two to Gullahorn and her husband, Evan, who wrapped them in plastic bags and stuck them in the freezer to de-feather and otherwise deal with later. But what happened next, she says, caught Evan by surprise. About a day later, he opened the freezer and found one of the chickens still in repose, while the other was sitting there, looking "fully alive, very cold, and pissed off," Gullahorn wrote in a June 2013 Facebook post . Evan was surprised, says Gullahorn -- and a little stymied. What does one do with such an animal? Evan holding the "blind undead guard chicken." Photo by Kat Gullahorn Gullahorn, with her daughter and husband, let the chicken into the yard and tried to feed her some corn meal while they considered the bird's future. The family ...
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Dog Tries To 'Save' Fish; The Internet Melts A Little Inside 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When a video of a dog seemingly trying to rescue some fish -- by splashing water on them -- began making the rounds this week, netizens everywhere let out a collective “ aww .” (Watch the video, above, to see why.) Though we’d love to believe the cute pup is showing a whole lot of compassion for his floundering friends, it’s possible the dog isn’t doing that at all. As many skeptical Redditors have pointed out, the pooch may actually be trying to bury the fish with the water. Addressing the question of why a dog would try to bury anything with water, Redditor "munificent" said: “My dog has done the ‘bury with nose thing’ on a bare carpet floor, on top of a bed, and on hardwood floors. … Once she tried to hide a toy by burying it under a sleeping baby.” After watching the clip via Buzzfeed, a Facebook user noted the following: "A dog does not understand that a fish needs water to breathe . ... People need to stop putting human emotions onto animals." Last year, an animal behavior expert said something ...
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Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue 11.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The president of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how his organization is pushing corporations to change their practices.

Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue
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The 'Pig Rassle': A Good Church Fundraiser, Or Downright Inhumane? 9.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Does it look to you like the pig is having a good time here? As of Friday afternoon, some 45,000 people who think this is no positive porcine experience have signed a Change.org petition calling for a Catholic church in Wisconsin to nix this year's "pig rassling" contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday and is part of a weekend-long, annual fair-cum-fundraiser for the St. Patrick Parish in the town of Stephensville. According to the petition, pig wrestling -- an activity which has long drawn criticism from animal lovers -- involves animals being "punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket" by five or six people at a time. The petition says this is a violation of the state's animal cruelty law. “Absolutely not. Absolutely, totally wrong. They aren’t put in a bucket. They aren’t put in anything. They are not punched, kicked,” Ken Bilgrien, a deacon with St. Patrick, told a local Fox affiliate . “These young girls that end up face down in the mud -- I swear ...
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